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Virgin Australia announces major enhancements to transcontinental Perth services


Virgin Australia today announced major enhancements for guests flying from Australia’s East Coast1 to Perth, offering more internationally configured wide-bodied aircraft, increased frequencies and inclusive catering.

With Virgin Australia’s fifth Airbus A330 aircraft entering into service on 21 September 2012, the airline will operate these internationally configured aircraft on all services between Melbourne and Perth. Airbus A330 aircraft will also continue to service three out of four daily services on the Sydney to Perth route.

In addition, the Brisbane-Perth route will benefit from increased frequencies, moving to three weekday services operated by Boeing 737-800 aircraft fitted with Virgin Australia’s new Business Class cabin.

Virgin Australia also announced today that from 26 September 2012, all guests in the Economy Class cabin on trans-continental flights2 will be offered a fully inclusive hot meal and beverages throughout the flight3 and inflight entertainment4, regardless of the fare type purchased.

Virgin Australia Group Executive Alliances, Network and Yield Merren McArthur said: “Enhancing the travel experience from the East Coast to Perth is an important part of our strategy to become the airline of choice in Australia.

“We have listened to our guests and we understand that consistency of product and services, a competitive schedule and inclusive catering and entertainment make a real difference on these longer journeys.

“Consistent with our focus on offering a seamless and comfortable travel experience between the East Coast and Perth, we recently expanded our Perth lounge to double the seat capacity”, Ms McArthur said.

Virgin Australia Airbus A330 Business Class service features:
24 luxury leather lie-flat seats with 60 inch pitch along with in-seat power to charge devices Award winning AVOD Seat-back in-flight entertainment including iPod connectivity and playback5
Entry to the lounge Dedicated washroom facilities
Daily newspapers Amenity kits on three+ hour flights
Priority baggage service Pillows and blankets on three+ hour flights
More storage for carry-on baggage Luke Mangan designed meal service


Virgin Australia Airbus A330 Economy Class service features:
255 luxury leather seats with up to 31 inch pitch Award winning AVOD Seat-back in-flight entertainment on new Airbus A330-200 aircraft
USB connectivity along with in seat power to charge devices Inclusive hot meal and beverages throughout the flight.


 Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 service features:
 8 Business Class seats with generous recline in separate premium cabin (2-2 configuration, 37 inch seat pitch)
Luke Mangan designed meal service in Business Class.
 168 Economy Class seats 
 Inclusive hot meal and beverages throughout the flight in Economy Class. 
 Custom-made hard divider separating premium and economy cabin
 ‘A privacy enhancer’ installed in front of first row to enhance privacy from the galley / entrance


Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
Includes 737 services from Brisbane and Sydney.
Alcohol is included after midday.
Where available. There may occasions where due to operational reasons, the service is operated by an aircraft without IFE.
On new Airbus A330-200 aircraft.